• Ring of Steel: Fare Gates at BOS, BON, & BBY

  • Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.
Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

Moderators: CRail, sery2831

  by BandA
 
sery2831 wrote: Mon Oct 24, 2022 8:46 pm The gates at North Station are around the waiting area. Gates are not at the doors, that would be unsafe.

At South Station they will be in the new concourse created by the tower being built. That is why the platforms have been shortened.

Long term the gates will be used during events. To start while the bugs are worked out, they will not be.
So the platforms at South Station are being shortened. This will likely exacerbate terminal capacity issues somewhat.

Also, fare gates will increase crowding issues and passenger flow issues at all three stations.
  by CRail
 
The platforms have already been shortened by the tower project.
  by Arborwayfan
 
Does it matter that the platforms are a little shorter? As far as I can remember only very long trains and electric Amtrak trains have been pulling all the way into the platforms for decades. Ever since the bus terminal was built over the tracks the CR trains have stopped with their locomotives railroad west of the bus terminal so their exhaust mostly isn't trapped under it, haven't they?

Also, too bad to lose the free access to the platforms that made it easy for fans and for people helping friends and relatives to the trains.
  by FatNoah
 
I'm nearing the end of week 1 of hybrid work schedule and commuting via North Station. There was a huge backup exiting the controlled access area because 4 of 6 gates in a particular section were out of service. The depressing part was that people weren't getting upset. The general reaction was more "well, that's the T for you!" eye rolling.
  by danib62
 
It’s depressing that people weren’t getting upset over an incredibly minor inconvenience? I’d say it’s reassuring that these people had some perspective and unlike you realized that it’s not a huge deal.
  by FatNoah
 
It’s depressing that people weren’t getting upset over an incredibly minor inconvenience?
The reason I found it depressing was that it felt like the result of low expectations. i.e. We've been conditioned with such low expectations or such failures are so common that we're numb to the pain.
  by BandA
 
Fire regulations require that exits not be blocked. Sounds like exits were blocked. "but if there was a fire the broken exits would automatically unlock"...sure they would.
  by CRail
 
danib62 wrote: Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:25 am It’s depressing that people weren’t getting upset over an incredibly minor inconvenience? I’d say it’s reassuring that these people had some perspective and unlike you realized that it’s not a huge deal.
People should be getting upset over an incredibly unnecessary inconvenience. It is a huge deal that the T and Keolis are more interested in high tech redundant fare enforcement than they are in operating trains.
  by arthur d.
 
I don't go to the city much anymore, but last week I finally got to see what everyone is talking about at BON. I kind of like the idea that my ticket purchase is being acknowledged at the gate, in the past when I did ride often, it was Salem or Beverly - with my destination being NBYPT -by the time someone came to check my ticket, so I can see how short ride evaders would be a problem. I like how it controls who is in the waiting area, except for that one time in Plymouth, BON is the only place on the T I'm approached by panhandlers/con artists.
What I don't understand is why I need a valid ticket to get OUT of the waiting area?
  by MBTA3247
 
To catch the short ride evaders who are traveling inbound.
  by CRail
 
arthur d. wrote: Sat Jan 21, 2023 7:53 amWhat I don't understand is why I need a valid ticket to get OUT of the waiting area?
This is really a function for AFC 2.0, when all fares will be purchased prior to boarding the train. The idea is that passengers who do not purchase a ticket in advance will be charged a zone 8 fare to leave the station, which will deter people from doing so (think like leaving a parking garage without a timestamped ticket). In the current setup, wherein things like staffing and equipment issues can result in people legitimately unable to pay, controlled exit should not be a thing.
  by arthur d.
 
MBTA3247 wrote: Sat Jan 21, 2023 6:54 pm To catch the short ride evaders who are traveling inbound.
I never thought of that. Thank you.
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